Ex-Honeywell exec is Apple’s new general counsel

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US tech giant Apple has appointed Katherine Adams as its new general counsel and senior vice president, the firm announced on Friday. She replaces Bruce Sewell, who will be retiring at the end of the year after serving as general counsel since 2009.

Adams was previously senior vice president and general counsel of multinational conglomerate Honeywell. In her new role, she will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and serve on the tech giant’s executive team.

“She’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and that has worked on a wide variety of legal cases globally. Throughout her career she’s also been an advocate on many of the values we at Apple hold dear,” said Cook.

Adams said she will help Apple continue to grow around the world, protect its intellectual property, and defend their shared values. Adams has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Before joining Honeywell in 2003, Adams was a partner at law firm Sidley Austin in New York. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; as trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources division; and as law clerk for future Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, then chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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